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Users / Why CEC Control Your TV Using Your RaspberryPi?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:03:44 pm »
One of the most important uses for HDMI CEC is in fact to wake your TV up from 'Standby'. Why? Well almost all TV's when placed into 'Standby' mode unfortunately also power down their network interface chip too, which means you can't use IP control to wake the TV up. However HDMI CEC is always waiting for commands, and is never powered down when your TV is in 'Standby' mode - unless you set your TV to power it off in 'Standby' that is.

This means therefore placing an HDMI CEC controller behind your TV's - even your brand new SmartTV's, is about the only solution to powering them up from 'Standby' under control of your system. In fact we have many installations that simply use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi even with a brand new SmartTV, which has in own built uPnP media playback capability, to just to wake the TV up from 'Standby'. Even systems that have traditional Media Managers driving their TV's can use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software on Rpi to send on/off commands to their TV's.

Whether your planning to use your Rpi with Raspbmc-CEC firmware as a upnp media player and UI (ie a replacement for a Media Director) + CEC controller or purely as a CEC controller for your TV, you can use your Orbiters UI to send control commands to the Rpi to browse, select & stream media and also to power on/off your TV.

How many TV's support HDMI CEC control? In our experience if your TV has an HDMI port and was manufactured in the last 6 years it will almost certainly support CEC and specifically at least On/Off. So you may well have an older TV that has no RS232 or IP control capability but has an HDMI port - this almost certainly means HDMI CEC control is possible.

Find out more about Dianemo CEC Control for Rpi here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/ and info about Dianemo Licensing offers here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

Whether you have a LinuxMCE or a Dianemo Installation if you have any comments or questions about CEC control, or anything related to it, please post them here in this thread. You can also email or PM me - see the footer below for details.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo SmartHome App waiting for approval in the App Store
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:26 pm »
The new Dianemo SmartHome App that incorporates our new Athena HTML5 Orbiter technology is waiting for Approval in the iOS App Store. The new App will be free to download as with our original Dianemo iOS App (which will continue to be available in the App Store).

The Dianemo SmartHome App requires the new Athena architecture to be installed on your Dianemo NC for it to connect. We will be opening up our Athena Beta program in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:32:16 pm »
What is this new potential solution?
I was leaning towards Hue as they will shortly have GU10 bulbs.

thanks,
-Coley.

This is a good review of the current state of play in connected lighting; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/2014/10/the-smart-lighting-battle-smartlighting/

Belkin are the latest entrant in this market. They look to have some nice solutions too.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:28:37 pm »
...how about a Rpi running Squeezelite? You can build a very low cost little Rpi box + wifi usb dongle that runs Squeezelite and tuck it behind a pair of powered speakers or a small Amplifier. We've used these on a few installations to ge audio into legacy audio systems etc.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Last lmce-squeezeslave update give me an error
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:48:00 pm »
Yes I am also surprised that it does not work properly.

I tested a few parameters (-a 200 for example) but without success yet.

And it's not sync the problem, I have the same without it.

I'll keep looking.

Philippe

What kind of sound card(s) are you using? Are they USB2? Onboard sound cards?

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC Firmware
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:17:43 pm »
We've taken your feedback on-board regarding our original Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware images and we have moved over to a new installer for Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware. Now you just install Raspbmc on an SD card and then run the installer from the booted card to install - and that's it. Any customer who has an original firmware image and would like the new installer should contact me.

We have updated installation instructions for the new installer here;

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/

If you have any questions related to Raspbmc-CEC then contact me here; help@ellipticalcurve.com

Thanks

Andy

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Users / Re: First look at the new Athena Orbiter iOS App
« on: October 12, 2014, 06:51:15 pm »
or record in the nude, that always gets lots of hits...at least, it worked for me.

-Thom

I remember it well :-)...and great advice too!

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Users / First look at the new Athena Orbiter iOS App
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:06:08 pm »
Here is a first look at our new Athena Orbiter App for iOS. We will also have an Android Athena App too as soon as we can get to it;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4

Anyway enjoy the video (it's a little improvised and rough around the edges). We'll hopefully post some more video over the weekend.

Enjoy!

Andy

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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:00:33 pm »
Thanks for the info on stopping the media. You are correct I don'the use the orbiter. The GSD device starts up fine. The only issue was I needed to install a new temp child device to get the RPI to download the needed software to run the devices previously created prior to the update. Then I deleted the temp device. Not a big issue.

I have a couple of relay controllers that I made that control irrigation out at the gardens and green house. They are built around MSP430G2553 micro controller. I have built a new version that has inputs that I am using out at the end of my driveway, which is 700' long, to monitor vehicle and pedestrian sensors. I wanted the ability to reset the power to the USB port if the device goes stupid, mostly due to a switch debounce problem. Having the serial port nicely mapped to the usb port is perfect to make a shell script that lmce can call if all else fails. I am now building an audio switcher. This will have 12 outputs that can choose up to 16 inputs. This way I can use any of my inputs to play throughout the whole house. This is almost done. I will need to work on the device template after the build is complete.

All these devices are cheap. If you or anyone is interested I can post the schematics and/or the pc board layouts. I do have some extra boards as well.

Jim

I'd be interested to hear more about what your doing with your MSP430G2553 based micro controller both in the garden setting and at the end of your drive. Both sound very interesting indeed.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:27:42 am »
For non-Dianemo users, I think I am right in saying that no option exists for controlling a lightweight non-MD no-orbiter generic media device?

I think phenigma's work on the RPi MD looks exciting and I'm looking forward to trying it, but if there were an option to install some generic media software onto RPi, and control that via the standalone touch screen orbiters, that would be interesting as well.

Cheers,
Matt.

Currently you are correct as far as i know. Phenigma's work on porting the full MD stack over to Rpi is seemingly the only option for lmce users currently (and I'm not implying its a bad option at all - by all accounts he's done incredible work).

In the future that may change. Whats missing in lmce today is all the Core side code to support upnp player devices. That's a fairly big chunk of code. Also our Raspbmc-CEC firmware image has Dianemo specific packages that implement the Dianemo CEC controller device, and those packages would need updating somewhat.

Basically what we have today in the Raspbmc-CEC firmware is something between an MD and a media player. Raspbmc does the media playback (and is 100% a standard build) and can be interacted with via upnp and via CEC. It plays that role very well indeed. The Dianemo-CEC packages, installed as part of the Raspbmc-CEC firmware, provide a Dianemo style device on the Rpi that allows the Core to interact with the local HDMI-CEC devices (principally your TV currently). So in the future we may add more Dianemo devices to the Rpi Raspbmc-CEC firmware that allow the Rpi to control/interact with other kinds of local hardware. In this way you can see that from a control perspective we will end up with something that delivers all of the local device control functionality that a full MD delivers. The functional part that is missing is the on-screen Orbiter UI and standard MD media playback functionality - that is replaced with xbmc. So principally what you loose is the ability to display the MD UI on the TV.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Fall 2014 Offers - Please PM me to Purchase
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:23:31 pm »
We have some great new bundle deals on Dianemo Software Licenses (Current release is for Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop) and related software & services. These bundle deals give you big discounts over buying the individual licenses - Please PM me here if you want to purchase any of the offers below;
Note: all offers are available world wide to non commercial customers ie if your a pro-installer you DO NOT QUALIFY.

UPDATE - Our entry level bundle is now priced at just $199 USD and includes a free copy of our Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi and until the end of Oct you'll be included in the Athena Orbiter Beta test program when it launches (see the Athena section below for video demos...lookout for new videos weekly..hopefully!).

We have a few more Athena UI Beta program invites to give away to anyone who already has a system - see here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=13783.msg100342#msg100342 Get in touch if you would like to get early access to Athena and already have a system.

A number of people have asked if they could get a 'group' discount when ordering multiple license bundles? The answer is yes we would offer a 15% discount if the order is for 4 or more licenses (all paid for via single Paypal account).

PM me if you have any questions or would like to place an order. Thanks - UPDATE

License Bundle 1 - This bundle include 1x Dianemo Software License & 1x Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC license for the Rpi for an incredible $199 USD (a special deal - it's normally $299). We'll also offer you early access to the Athena Orbiter/UI beta program if you purchase before the end of Oct (see below for video demos). This is a great starter bundle for anyone wanting to build a truly low energy Smart home with the low cost/Low energy Rpi as their media player or anyone just experimenting before deciding on their final setup. More Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC licenses can be added at any time (see our Raspbmc-CEC license bundles below). All Dianemo licenses include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS (when available) and are infinitely expandable without limitation to cater for your future needs.

License Bundle 2 - This bundle include 1x Dianemo Software License & 4x Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC license for the Rpi for $399 USD (a $300 savings over our standard prices). We'll also offer you early access to the Athena Orbiter/UI beta program if you purchase before the end of Oct (see below for video demos). This is a great value bundle for anyone wanting to build their own mid-sized, 4 media zone low energy Smart home. More Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC licenses can be added at any time (or any other kind of device). All Dianemo licenses include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS (when available) and are infinitely expandable without limitation to cater for your future needs.

License & Config Bundle 3 - This bundle include 1x Dianemo Software License & 2x hours of remote configuration by us to get your basic system configuration in place for $299 USD (a $250 savings over our standard prices). We'll also offer you early access to the Athena Orbiter/UI beta program if you purchase before the end of Oct (see below for video demos). All Dianemo licenses include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS (when available) and are infinitely expandable without limitation to cater for your future needs.

License Bundle 4 - If you already have a Dianemo system you can purchase the Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC Upnp Media Player Software separately starting at just $59.95 for a single license http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/. Turns a Rpi into a full blown Upnp media player & CEC controller. We have our own CEC control package and have integrated that with Raspbmc. This allows you to run your Dianemo system without MD's. Works with most recent HDMI equipped TV's. Allows you to get 'SmartTV' type features without needing to purchase a new SmartTV. Image installs on an SD card. Boots into Raspbmc on Rpi & requires just a few simple config changes in Web Admin on your Dianemo NC. **Note: If you have already purchased a license and would like the new installer instead of the original SD card image then please contact me and I will make it available to you**

System Design or Configuration  - If your planning to install Dianemo in your home and would like some help with the planning of your installation then please get in touch. Alternatively if you'd like some help configuring your system in anyway then we can help you by using Remote Assistance. For either of these services or if you have a question regarding Dianemo please get in touch via PM here or email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

The all new Athena Orbiter UI - coming as an update to all Dianemo systems in Dec 2014
You can see our new Athena Orbiter in action here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0

and also our latest updates here;

http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ

...and a first video of the new Athena iOS App;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4


All Offers must be paid for by Paypal (no other payments accepted).

All the best


Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:09:16 pm »
Thats what's great about lmce to me....options.....I had ui2 and I used the ui2 to "wow" people.  But I also used the gyration remote without using it as a air mouse and thanks to (i think was) tom who worked on it, its functionality was similar to a normal ir entertainment center remote. The ability to  press one button, bring up mythtv and flip through channels using the channel change buttons, then as company walked in bring up that floorplan while watching the game is great.  Then other times I used my phone/tablet. The least convenient in my opinion was using my phone/tablet,  but like I say,  with a md you have options. Just my 2 cents. It sounds as though Dianemo will not have the option to implement a rpi as a full md?

Well never say never re MD's but I can't see us doing an Rpi MD ourselves - there's nothing to stop anyone choosing to back port the lmce Rpi MD though (at least in principal). We do have the Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software though that does almost everything a full MD can do apart from run UI2 + Overlay.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:11:57 pm »
I understand the 'wow' factor that UI2 + Overlay has. But it also has, in a significant number of cases, the opposite reaction from family members. We used to use UI2 + Overlay as our standard config on MD's and we stopped doing that because for many people it looked dated and was a challenge to use with a gyration style remote too. It's one of those features that looks great in a demo when someone see's it used briefly as it delivers a lot of eye-candy - but in real use its actually not that friendly to navigate or use (we have plenty of user feedback on that!).

Secondly it proved to be the single most frustrating setup area for both installers & for software customers. getting reliable installs on MD's using UI2 + overlay was always a challenge and very often tripped people up. Using a SmartTV, a Rpi based media player or a commercial media player presents a much less challenging UI as it aligns more closely with how other devices work, and for most people seems more familiar to them in use. I'm certainly not holding up SmartTV's or even Raspbmc as having the best UI in the world, but in general they seem to be easier for most casual users to handle.

One last thing, obviously running a full MD/Orbiter on a Rpi is now possible. But you still have all the complexity of the MD/Orbiter code base to deal with and fighting X etc when configuring the MD. Our experience of that with large numbers of systems, and even larger overall numbers of MD's, is that you can expect a high failure rate of those MD's from software issues. Combine that with major energy savings and you have a big reason to not use MD's (obviously if your using Rpi hardware energy use is not a factor either way of course).

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Android mobile/cell phone orbiter selection & help
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:35:42 am »
i just meant due to asking to many questions about the vpn

Sure. Remote access on Dianemo doesn't require a VPN though.

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Marketplace / New Athena Orbiter & UI Layer - Media Playback
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:04:56 pm »
Just in time for your weekend enjoyment we've posted another demo video of the Athena UI in action. This time my co-worker Steve is demoing our newly added support for video media browsing & playback controls. This time we're also demonstrating the fact that the Athena Orbiter can be accessed from any modern web browser by doing the demo on a MacBook in Safari.

We'll be uploading more videos in the next few weeks as we implement more of the Athena UI. If you have any questions about the Athena UI or any other aspect of Dianemo please post them hear.

http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ

All the best

Andy

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